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Hank and Jim

Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir; History
Unabridged   13 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/24/2017

Kirkus Best of 2017

Hank and Jim

The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681689623
Digital Download ISBN:9781681689630


New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman tells the story of the remarkable friendship of two Hollywood legends who, though different in many ways, maintained a close friendship that endured all of life’s twists and turns.

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Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies' man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.


“Narrator David Colacci's deep and exacting baritone is a perfect choice for these quintessentially American stories.” —AudioFile

“Actor and veteran narrator Colacci reads in a deep, resonant voice that conveys a sense of two men reflecting on long, eventful lives.” —Booklist Audio

"An entertaining, richly documented biography that will be appreciated by film and theater scholars as well as fans of these memorable actors.” —Kirkus Starred Review

"[A] breezy, entertaining dual biography . . . Balanced analyses of their film and stage performances pepper the study, as Eyman perceptively charts the courses of two legendary Hollywood careers." —Publishers Weekly

“Scott Eyman has a gift for exploring subjects we think we know, then deepening and enriching that knowledge through diligent research and his gift of observation. This book is no exception. Henry Fonda and James Stewart have never been captured so well, nor has their extraordinary fifty-year friendship.” —Leonard Maltin

Author Bio

Scott Eyman has written fifteen books, three of them New York Times bestsellers, including John Wayne: The Life and Legend. He has been awarded the William K. Everson Award for Film History by the National Board of Review. He teaches film history at the University of Miami and lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Lynn.